Information about our special educational needs and disability (SEND) provision
1. How does Pickering Pre-school Playgroup know if children need extra help and what should I do if I think my child may have special educational needs or disabilities?
Your child will be given a Key Person who will support them during our sessions, they will make sure that your child’s needs are met and that they are given lots of exciting learning opportunities. Your child’s Key Person will observe your child at play and make assessments regarding their learning and development. You will have the opportunity to share these observations alongside photos and pieces of your child’s work when their Key Person shares the learning journal with you and your child. You will be invited into the setting to meet with your child’s Key Person. Staff are available to talk to at the beginning and at the end of every session, our friendly and approachable team are able to assess if your child has extra needs and we can access support from outside agencies and organizations if need be. If you think your child requires extra support, you will be able to raise your concerns to Key Persons or our manager by coming into the setting. You can also telephone or email.
2. How will staff support my child?
Your child’s Key Person will plan and oversee all your child’s learning, we also have SENCO (Special Needs Co-ordinator) in place so that the Key Person has guidance and support if they have any concerns with any aspect of your child’s progress. If your child has a specific need, we can produce an Individual play plan (IPP) to support any areas of need. These plans are evaluated so that we can ensure your child is receiving effective support.
3. How will the curriculum be matched to my child’s needs?
We offer a fully inclusive service, our setting has polices in place to assure all children have access to enriching and valuable play experiences. Your child’s Key Person will use their professional judgement to plan a tailor- made approach; each child will be given opportunities to join in activities which will give them chance to explore at a speed that is appropriate to their own needs.
4. How will you and I know how my child is doing and how will you help me to support my child’s learning?
You will be invited into the Pre-school to share your child’s journal, to discuss their development and progress and we will explain how we use the Early Years foundation Stage (EYFS) to form our judgements. You can add observations from home life to your child’s Learning File, share additional information on ongoing issues such as toileting and family relationships. You will have the opportunity to discuss what your Key Person will be looking for in their next assessment, and raise any concerns you may have. We can offer parents advice and occasionally offer parents meetings and learning events at our setting.
5. What support will there be for my child’s overall well-being?
Your child’s day to day well-being will be managed by their Key Person. Any health issues will be supported by our first aiders and our designated member of staff who will oversee the administration of medicines. We have policies in place for managing behavioural and emotional development. We have a member of staff who is responsible for overseeing positive behaviour and social development. We have an experienced team who have all worked with children who require extra support. All members of the staff team are trained in child protection and safeguarding; we have members of staff who hold current paediatric first aid certificates. Each child is valued and their self-esteem and confidence is supported. Your child will be given the opportunity to voice their own views and ideas and express their needs to their Key Person and the whole staff team.
6. What specialist services and expertise are available at or accessed by Pickering Pre-school Playgroup?
Our staff are offered training in all areas of children’s development; some staff have specific areas of responsibility and receive extra training. We work alongside health visitors, speech and language therapists, inclusion team officers, and outreach workers from early years support teams.
7. What training have the staff supporting children with SEND had, or are having?
All staff hold a minimum of N.V.Q level 3 qualifications and are offered regular courses on a wide variety of themes and topics related to early years and the Early Years Foundation Stage. We have also received training on specific topics to help support children fully.
8. How will my child be included in activities outside the early years setting including trips?
When staff are planning an outside activity, risk assessments will be undertaken to determine which areas of support individual children may need. Parents will be invited to discuss ways to achieve full inclusion in our trips and outside visits.
9. How accessible is the early years setting environment? (Indoors and outdoors)
We have wheelchair access to the building and disabled toilet facilities.
10. How will Pickering Pre-school Playgroup prepare and support my child to join them, and transfer to a new setting/school?
Our settling in policy is very flexible, we take the time to ensure that you and your child are comfortable in the setting, some children require shorter initial visits and we will work alongside you to ensure your child settles well. Each child will be given visits until they are able to attend the full session. When it is time to move on to school, early years teachers from local schools are invited to meet the children in preschool. The school will offer you the chance to visit for a variety of activity mornings to help them with the transition. We have experience in supporting children with special needs who are transitioning to new schools. We hold transition plan meetings with parents and careers, outside agencies and teachers from the new schools so that strategies are in place to ensure that the move is as smooth as possible. Learning journals and progress reports are shared with the new school so that they have a good understanding of your child’s needs.
11. How are the pre-school’s resources allocated and matched to children’s special educational needs?
Inclusion funding is applied for, so that children with extra needs can be supported. If we need special resources, we can often obtain equipment from our local authority.
12. How is the decision made about what type and how much support my child will receive?
Your Key Person will work alongside the SENCO and outside specialists and they will produce an individual play plan (IPP) specifically for your child. This will detail all aspects of management of day to day play in the setting. Each member of the staff team will be aware of strategies put in place and the plans will be evaluated by your Key Person and relevant staff members and you will be invited to meet with the team to discuss and review all aspects of the plan.
13. How are parents involved in the pre-school? How can I be involved?
We are always seeking ways to include our parents in our preschool, we use questionnaires so that parents can air their views and comments, we have open days so that parents can contribute in an informal way, and would love parents to join us for special activities such as gardening, cooking and sharing stories.
14. Who can I contact for further information?
We share information with our parents via regular newsletters and can be contacted via email.